Astana to host prestigious International Biology Olympiad

Astana to host prestigious International Biology Olympiad

This year, Astana will host the prestigious International Biology Olympiad (IBO) that will take place from July 7 to 14. The intellectual event will bring together around 350 talented school students from 80 countries. According to the Kazakh Ministry of Education, the IBO 2024 consists of theoretical and practical rounds. The international-level tasks covering the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, anatomy, and animal physiology are developed by a scientific committee comprising Kazakh biologists and scientists. A stress test for the practical task is expected to be conducted in March. Qualified specialists from foreign countries are involved in reviewing the quality of the Olympiad tasks and the accuracy of their translations. Additionally, masterclasses with leading global scientists, along with training seminars and scientific-practical conferences focusing on solving biology Olympiad tasks, will be held for Kazakh teachers.

“Kazakhstan was chosen as the host for this prestigious Olympiad due to the excellent reputation of domestic students, earned through their impressive performance in international educational competitions. Preparation for organizing and hosting the Olympiad began last year, with collaborative efforts involving the country’s Ministries of Science and Higher Education, Healthcare, Culture and Information, Internal Affairs, and others. A joint order has been developed in this regard,” said Kanybek Zhumashev, Chairperson of the Secondary Education Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Education.

The Kazakhstan national team has been participating in the IBO since 1996. Over these years, domestic students have won two gold, 20 silver, and 54 bronze medals. In 2023, they participated in 26 international Olympiads, earning a total of 580 medals. Among the 31 students who took part in the seven most prestigious international Olympiads, 23 emerged as winners.